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Archive for January, 2012

The trail…

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
The trail, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 31 January 2012.

The trail.

…I hiked it.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

(No birds seen or heard on the hill today.)

Elsewhere

1. American crow
2. Herring gull

Beech Nut, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 31 January 2012.

Beech Nut.

Bone chill

Monday, January 30th, 2012
The eastern slope, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 January 2012.

The eastern slope..

Just another manic Monday—internally manic, at least. I’d say I “worked like a dog,” except my dog napped all day next to my desk. His excitement was my relief as the two of us finally headed up Beech Hill.

Field, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 January 2012.

Field.

We had a little snow early, but the sun melted most of it by the time we started up the open trail about the time the sun slipped down toward the Rockville Ridge. The half-moon hung high overhead. This side of the moon, a loose flock of robins flew over, southbound—as if that was gonna help. The temperature was a few degrees below freezing, but the wind was high. At the summit, we met a fellow who commented something about how at least there were two of us who were smart enough to appreciate an afternoon like this on a high place like that. Makes you feel alive.

The light was red, the hike was swift, the footing only slightly treacherous. And tonight, above, shone the moon and planets and Orion and bright Sirius—the dog star.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 4:15 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. American robin

Elsewhere

2. Tufted titmouse
3. American crow
4. Herring gull

Hills, Beech Hill, Rockport, Maine, 30 January 2012.

Hills.

Nice ice

Sunday, January 29th, 2012
Downy woodpecker, Glen Cove, Rockport, Maine, 29 January 2012.

Downy woodpecker.

A lovely, sunny Sunday. I worked for most of it, and only late in the day—as I drove with dog past Chickawaukie Lake—did I realize I could’ve been skating. But never mind, a hike would do. Only chickadees at Beech Hill, but a load of birds back at my place. Including spring-singing titmice.

For a while tonight I admired bright Venus, the waxing moon, and Jupiter, all hanging up there in the endless night sky.

Beech Hill List
Beginning at 3:45 p.m., I hiked the open trail.

1. Black-capped chickadee

Elsewhere

2. American crow
3. White-breasted nuthatch
4. Downy woodpecker
5. Tufted titmouse
6. American goldfinch
7. Herring gull

 
Bird Report is an intermittent record of what's outside my window in Rockport, Maine, USA (44°08'N latitude, 69°06'W longitude), and vicinity. —Brian Willson



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